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What to do about involuntary jerking of limbs/seizure like symptoms from anxiety?

What to do about involuntary jerking of limbs/seizure like symptoms from anxiety?

There is a type: Of seizure disorder that produces jerking limbs. Please see your doc for a proper diagnosis if you have not done so. You can also have your magnesium levels chcked and see a mental health professional for stress management techniques such as clinical hypnosis. Chinese qigong, yoga, bodywork are all natural and non-invasive ways to help also. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about suffering from involuntary jerking of limbs/seizure like symptoms from anxiety?

Can you tell me about suffering from involuntary jerking of limbs/seizure like symptoms from anxiety?

Got a video EEG?: Whats going on upstairs when the limbs jerk ? I'd have more to say if I could watch what goes on with the brain waves while looking at a simultaneous video of you. Otherwise I'd just be guessing. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has suffered from involuntary jerking of limbs/seizure like symptoms from anxiety?

Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has suffered from involuntary jerking of limbs/seizure like symptoms from anxiety?

Not that rare: Once the diagnosis that the spasms are due to anxiety is firmly established, my advice is to establish care with psychologist or other counselor with experience dealing with conversion disorders and stress-related symptoms. ...and try to steer clear of the emergency room. ...Read more

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These seizures? Staring in to space, eyes rolling up and flickering, limbs jerking, can't respond, can't talk, groaning, weak limbs after. 3-4 x day

These seizures? Staring in to space, eyes rolling up and flickering, limbs jerking, can't respond, can't talk, groaning, weak limbs after. 3-4 x day

Very likely: The signs/symptoms described are all symptoms of types of seizures, although that particular combination (staring into space and limbs jerking) is not typical. Nevertheless, if a person is experiencing those signs and symptoms, a medical evaluation is definitely warranted, and very promptly given the frequency. ...Read more

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Do seizures always involve jerking limbs or are there differnt symptoms such as brief periods of no breathing, gritting teeth, sudden fear.?

Do seizures always involve jerking limbs or are there differnt symptoms such as brief periods of no breathing, gritting teeth, sudden fear.?

Different presentati: seizures have different presentations. Some seizures are a stage 2 presentation of Lyme Disease. So, rule out the presence of Lyme. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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Idk how I know but sometimes, when I am sleeping I feel my body or limbs shake like I am having seizure. I can't stop it or wake up. What is happening?

Idk how I know but sometimes, when I am sleeping I feel my body or limbs shake like I am having seizure. I can't stop it or wake up. What is happening?

Shaking at night: I can't tell you what is happening, but i can tell you that it is not a common generalized seizure because then you would be unconscious. There is a common disorder that occurs at night called myoclonic jerks, but these movements are sudden and intermittent jerks of the arm and/or legs. They do not tend to go on all night. I would consider causes like stress or drugs. ...Read more

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1mo baby moves erratically side by side while asleep, bending and extending limbs, eyes moving, and kinda whimpering. Could this be seizures? Scared

1mo baby moves erratically side by side while asleep, bending and extending limbs, eyes moving,  and kinda whimpering.  Could this be seizures? Scared

Get in.: It is hard to say without seeing the episodes, but it could possibly be seizures. If you can video the episodes do that, but make sure you get in right away and have your baby evaluated. ...Read more

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After waking to go to my baby I blacked out, fell down, and limbs began to shake uncontrollably. Low blood pressure or seizure? Has happened before.

After waking to go to my baby I blacked out, fell down, and limbs began to shake uncontrollably. Low blood pressure or seizure? Has happened before.

Need more info.: Syncope from low BP can be accompanied by seizure like movements which can be mistaken for a true seizure. They are thought to be related to transient hypoxia.With this type of "convulsive syncope" the seizures are relatively brief as compared to epilepsy.One clue: IF YOU HAD A WARNING prior to passing out, i.e., feeling faint and/or vision going dim or black then the cause was low blood pressure. ...Read more

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Muscle twitches and pain, numbness in limbs, pain behind my eyes, slightly worsened coordination: ms? (i also have epilepsy, no seizures for 7 years)

Muscle twitches and pain, numbness in limbs, pain behind my eyes, slightly worsened coordination: ms? (i also have epilepsy, no seizures for 7 years)

? Side effects: It is possible your symptoms could be due to MS. there are other causes too. This question will be difficult to answer online. The best way to get attention for these symptoms is by visiting with your neurologist. A conversation and an examination are a good way to start. Some symptoms can be a side effect of medication. Have there been any changes in the medicines you take? ...Read more

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I have an avm over my primary and secondary motor cortex focal seizures to right upper extremities didn't show on EEG . Why not?

I have an avm over my primary and secondary motor cortex focal seizures to right upper extremities didn't show on EEG . Why not?

Negative EEG: The eeg is often normal in people with focal seizures, especially if the seizure occurs without loss of consciousness. This is because a seizure has to involve a minimum area of cortex for it to be seen on the surface of the scalp. The signal is attenuated through bone and scalp. Also, a seizure focus can occur deep inside or be oriented parallel to the scalp and not be seen on eeg. ...Read more

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I'm afraid because when I go to sleep I have uncontrollable jerking motions, what kind of doctor should I visit?

I'm afraid because when I go to sleep I have uncontrollable jerking motions, what kind of doctor should I visit?

Sleep medicine doc: You should either see an ENT with a skill-set in sleep medicine or a sleep medicine doctor. The jerking motions can represent many things such as restless leg syndrome, leg cramps, or even obstructive sleep apnea. You may need a sleep study to help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What medical condition causes uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms/ legs?

What medical condition causes uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms/ legs?

Hypnic jerks: Jerking movements occurring as one is falling asleep are called hypnic jerks and are normal. Jerks during sleep may be periodic limb movements if they are repetitive, brief, and occur in series. If they cause poor sleep or daytime sleepiness, they can be treated, but they often occur in normal subjects. Jerks may occur with sleep apnea , parasomnias (abnormal sleep behavior), and seizures. ...Read more

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I still have little jerks after a seizure, should I be concerned?

?myoclonus?: My concern would involve the number and intensity of your szs themselves, as this is a question of control, and truly, the residual jerks may merely represent ongoing focal sz activity, but could potentially point out a sub therapeutic medication situation. This is very complex, so, see a neurologist who can assist you in acquiring full control if possible. ...Read more

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Could a person have a "seizure" that doesn't cause convulsions, jerking or staring?

Could a person have a "seizure" that doesn't cause convulsions, jerking or staring?

Yes: There are many expressions of seizures. Some are very unusual sensations or experiences, without anything visibly wrong from the outside. ...Read more

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Uncontrollable Jerking (Definition)

Myoclonus = involuntary twitching or jerking of a muscle ...Read more